Something She’s Not Telling Us: A Novel

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After reading Darcey Bell’s A Simple Favor, I was excited to pick up a copy of her new book. With a storyline like this, I figured it would be an exciting read with a big cat-and-mouse chase, most likely near the end. And of course some kind of crazy great twist. Sadly, I was disappointed.

Charlotte, her husband Eli, and their daughter Daisy are a very happy family. Charlotte has a younger brother named Rocco whom she loves dearly and is very protective of since their mother (in Charlotte’s words) tried to kill him by setting fire to their family home when he was little. That is why it is so difficult to see Rocco date so many odd women. So very odd. One day, Rocco brings a new woman over to Charlotte’s for dinner. Ruth is also a bit strange but hits it off with little Daisy. Ruth picks up—or rather kidnaps—Daisy from school. No one knows where Ruth has taken Daisy, and Ruth also seems to know about a dark secret of Charlotte’s. Now, the secret is a good one, and the back and forth narrative between Charlotte and Ruth is also very good. There is no surprise ending, however, as we learn very well what is happening from the beginning. The secret is not quite good enough to give the reader shock value, so once you find out that part there really isn’t too much more to the story and it ends up dragging a bit. Good storyline and easy read, but I definitely think this could have been rewritten to give it a bang at the end.

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Author Darcey Bell
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Harper Paperbacks
Publish Date 2020-04-07
ISBN 9780062953933
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Issue April 2020
Category Popular Fiction


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